What to stream: ‘Beckett’ and ‘Cherry Flavor’ on Netflix, ‘Homeroom’ on Hulu, ‘CODA’ on Apple TV+

Here’s what’s new and ready to stream now on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Max, Disney+, video-on-demand, and other streaming services …  

John David Washington is an American tourist in Greece who, after surviving a tragic car accident, suddenly finds himself hunted in Beckett (2021, TV-MA).  Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook, and Vicky Krieps costar in the nightmarish conspiracy thriller directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. (Netflix)

The limited series Brand New Cherry Flavor (TV-MA) follows the surreal odyssey of a filmmaker (Rosa Salazar) who tries to break into Hollywood in the early 1990s and becomes tangled up with a modern witch (Catherine Keener) and a reality rocked by vengeance, magic, and the most bizarre curses imaginable. Adapted from the novel by Todd Grimson and developed by Nick Antosca (creator of “Channel Zero”). (Netflix)

A teenage girl (Emilia Jones), the sole hearing member of a deaf family, discovers a gift for singing in CODA (2021, PG-13) and is confronted with a choice to follow her passion or stay to help her family. The indie drama won four awards at the Sundance Film Festival. (Apple TV+)

The award-winning documentary Homeroom (2021, TV-MA) follows the Oakland High School class of 2020 as the pandemic complicates an already challenging senior year. It debuts along with The Waiting Room (2012, not rated) and The Force (2017, not rated), completing a trilogy of films by Peter Nicks that looks at relationship between health care, criminal justice, and education in Oakland. (Hulu)

Reservation Dogs: Season 1 (TV-MA), a comedy about four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma who turn to petty crime, is co-created and produced by Taika Waititi. Every writer, director, and series regular on the show is Indigenous. Two episodes available, new episodes on Tuesdays. (FX on Hulu)

Based on the Marvel comic book, the animated anthology series What If…?: Season 1 (TV-14) features actors from the live action MCU films voicing their characters in alternate reality stories. The first episode looks at what if Sharon Carter received the super soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. New episodes on Wednesdays (Disney+)

Classic pick: Richard Lester struck the magic balance between slapstick and swordplay in The Three Musketeers (1974, PG), a swashbuckling adventure comedy starring Michael York as young D’Artagnan taught to steal hearts and steal food with equal aplomb by the rascally musketeers. Oliver Reed, Faye Dunaway, and Charlton Heston costar. (Amazon Prime)

Pay-Per-View / Video-On-Demand

A retired hairdresser (Udo Kier) escapes his nursing home for one last adventure to fulfill the dying wish of a former client in Swan Song (2021, not rated). Jennifer Coolidge, Linda Evans, and Michael Urie costar in the offbeat odyssey. Also new:

  • Finding You (2021, PG), a romantic comedy about two young Americans falling in love in Ireland;
  • revenge thriller Crime Story (2021, R) starring Mira Sorvino and Richard Dreyfuss;
  • Buckley’s Chance (2021, not rated), a family adventure set in Australia starring Bill Nighy.

Netflix

The Paper Tigers (2021, PG-13), the action comedy about three middle-aged martial artists (Alain Uy, Ron Yuan, and Mykel Shannon Jenkins) who reunite years after retirement to avenge a death, was produced independently in Seattle by filmmaker Tran Quoc Bao.

The Kissing Booth 3 (2021, TV-MA) completes the series of high school romantic comedies starring Joey King.

Quartet (2012, PG-13), the directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, stars Maggie Smith as an opera diva in home for retired musicians. Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, and Michael Gambon costar.

The documentary Misha and the Wolves (2021, PG-13) takes on the incredible—and discredited—story of a young girl during the Holocaust to explore how and why we fall victim to hoaxes, and how we react when the truth comes out.

The five-part docuseries Untold (TV-MA) explores unusual tales from the world of professional sports. The first, “Malice at the Palace,” looks at the infamous 2004 brawl at the Pacers-Pistons NBA game, and its fallout and lasting legacy. New documentaries arrive each week.

Bake Squad: Season 1 (TV-G) is the latest addition to the baking competition series.

International TV: Gone for Good (France, TV-MA, with subtitles), a limited series crime thriller based on a novel by Harlan Coben, follows a man (Finnegan Oldfield) who plunges into a mystery when his girlfriend goes missing ten years after losing the two people he loved most. Also new:

  • limited seriesAlRawabi School for Girls (Jordan, TV-14, with subtitles), about outcast schoolgirls who plot takedowns of their tormentors;
  • The Kingdom: Season 1 (Argentina, TV-MA, with subtitles), a drama of politics, crime, and religion;
  • historical drama The Crowned Clown: Season 1 (South Korea, TV-14, with subtitles) about a stand in for an unhinged king.

Animation: Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild (2021, TV-PG) is a fantasy based on a video game.

Amazon Prime Video

Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time (2021, Japan, TV-MA), the fourth and final installment of Hideaki Anno’s post-apocalyptic anime franchise, was a box office smash in Japan.

Anna Paquin, Kit Harrington, Minnie Driver, and Garrett Hedlund are among the guest stars in the romantic comedy anthology series Modern Love: Season 2 (TV-MA).

International passport: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (France, 1972, PG, with subtitles), Luis Bunuel’s Oscar-winning masterpiece of upper class hypocrisy, is a sly, dry comedy with absurdist flair.

True stories: Not Quite Hollywood (2009, R), Mark Hartley’s survey of Australian exploitation cinema, is one of the most entertaining and affectionate documentaries about cinema that you’ll ever find.

Hulu

Episodes of the new network TV reboot of Fantasy Island (TV-14) and the eighth season of the comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV-MA) stream a day after their respective network debuts.

More streaming TV: Queen Sugar: Season 5 (TV-14) with Rutina Wesley, from producers Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, and Saints & Sinners: Season 5 (TV-MA) with Vanessa Bell Calloway and Clifton Powell arrive from the cable channel OWN.

HBO Max

Originally produced for the short-lived DC Universe streaming service, the third season of the DC superhero series Titans (TV-MA), featuring a team of young adult heroes, begins on HBO Max, which is also home to the first two seasons. New episodes on Thursdays.

Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys (TV-14) is the sixteenth season of the nonfiction sports series.

Lisa Bonet stars in A Different World: Complete Series (1987-1993, TV-PG), the spinoff of “The Cosby Show.”

Topic

The brutal murder of a young girl in Copenhagen launches and investigation that leads to City Hall in The Killing (Forbrydelsen) (Denmark, 2007-2012, TV-MA, with subtitles). The series was remade in the U.S. but this is the first time the original has been available to American viewers. The first season is now streaming, the second and third seasons roll out in subsequent weeks through August.

Peacock

Host Andy Cohen takes on romance, relationships, and sex with a variety of adult singles in the reality series Ex-Rated: Season 1 (not rated). Also new:

Paramount+

The second season of the animated Star Trek: Lower Decks (TV-14) is continues the stories of the other Starfleet crew members.

AMC+

The cult sketch comedy from Canada The Kids in the Hall (1988-1995, TV-PG) comes to AMC+, with the first season now available and subsequent seasons arriving every Monday.

Sundance Now/AMC+

Based on a true story, the limited series crime drama The Hunt for a Killer” (Sweden, not rated, with subtitles) follows the years-long hunt for a child murderer. (Sundance Now / AMC+)

BritBox

Moone Boy: Complete Series (2012-2015, TV-14), created by and starring Chris O’Dowd, is a quirky comedy about a young boy and his imaginary friend. Also new is the British cult science fiction series Blake’s 7: Complete Series (1978-1981, not rated) from Terry Nation (creator of the Daleks in “Doctor Who”).

The Criterion Channel

Platinum Blonde: Starring Jean Harlow” presents 14 films featuring the 1930s superstar, including the steamy romantic adventure Red Dust (1932) with Clark Gable and the hilarious Hollywood comedy Bombshell (1933) with Lee Tracy, and “The Queen of Paris: Josephine Baker” collects four French features with the American star, including Zou Zou (France, 1934, with subtitles) costarring Jean Gabin. Also new:

  • La piscine (France, 1969, not rated, with subtitles), a romantic thriller set on the French Riviera starring Alain Delon and Romy Schneider, is presented with documentary and archival footage of the actors and director;
  • Oscar-nominated drama The Big Chill (1983) featuring a cast-and-crew reunion from 2013 and a documentary on the making of the film form the Criterion Collection special edition disc.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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